East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.

Under the Surface

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On the weekend of the 18th of April 2016, Benalla hosted Wall to Wall, Victoria’s only major street art festival. Now in it’s second year,


Under the Surface is a curated public art project comprising of local and internationally renowned artists' works, located along the existing East Gippsland Rail Trail and extending through a selection of villages and townships of GunaiKurnai Country.

The project invited local artists Alice Pepper and Patricia Pittman, to be joined by visiting artists MEGGS, Ling and Minna Leunig - led by the story of the GunaiKurnai community.

Sites include: Nicholson Bridge. Patricia Pittman, Partelli's Crossing, Tostaree. Minna Leunig, Orbost Butter Factory LING , Nowa Nowa underpass. Alice Pepper X MEGGS

Each of the artists’ practice focuses on flora, fauna and natural environment and the works subsequently draw attention to the natural environment, assisting in visual storytelling and aiming to connect and grow human relationships with the land through art.

Through a cultural awareness program with GLaWAC and community, the visiting artists developed learnings on artistic practices, storytelling, introduction to the local environment and preservation. In turn, visiting artists shared their skills with locals, encouraging confidence in presenting works at a larger scale, with connection to story.

The Social Crew conducted onsite research, engaged key community members and groups, and collaborated with GLaWAC and the East Gippsland Rail Trail Committee to curate the project in order to better inform the travelling artists of their subject matter and the land on which they stand.

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East Gippsland Rail Trail
GunaiKurnai Country, Nowa Nowa 3887

Phone 0477 295 308